Sunday, 27 September 2015

Add FreeDOS USB disk .img files to Easy2Boot

You can 'build' your own bootable FreeDos USB drive using RMPrepUSB, add any files you like, get it all working, and then use the MPI_FAT32 tool to make a .imgPTN file from USB stick.

However, some ready-made USB image files containing FreeDOS can be downloaded from here.

These are intended to be either PXE booted or directly written to a USB drive as an image using dd or some direct-write utility (e.g. RMPrepUSB - File>Drive). However, we can boot directly from them using the .mnu file below in Easy2Boot:

Friday, 25 September 2015

Add a full Arch Linux OS to Easy2Boot

Here are the steps to add a full install of Arch Linux to an Easy2Boot USB drive.

We will create an empty partition file (ARCH) and then use Virtual Box + DavidB's VMUB to install to the partition file.

Use the latest MPI Tool Pack (v.0.054 2015-08-21 or later). This includes CSM menu support for grub2/syslinux installations on the 3rd partition.

I used archlinux-2015.09.01-dual.iso for the test below.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Install ProxMox from E2B

I have updated the ProxMox instructions in a previous blog because the instructions only appear to work from a FAT32 USB drive.

To add ProxMox to an NTFS E2B USB drive, we need to create a FAT32 .imgPTN file.

The ammended blog post is here.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

How to stop scam phone calls!

Nearly every day this week, at around 1pm, I get a call from a 'TalkTalk ISP help desk' scammer who says that I have a problem with my computer and she asks me to install and run TeamViewer so they can take over my computer and 'fix' the problem. They promised me £200 compensation too! I know this is a common scam - see here and here. I also get calls from the 'Microsoft Windows department' for the same 'problem'.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Add a DOS-based BIOS update program to E2B

Some older BIOS update programs such as AWDFLASH.exe are DOS-based and you need to boot to MS-DOS or FreeDOS to run them.

How can we do this from E2B?

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Easy2Boot v1.72 now available

I have just uploaded v1.72
    New plain background! Smaller file size and loads faster too!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Windows Black Belt troubleshooting videos

Want to learn some neat tricks on how to gain full Admin access to a Windows system and be able to work with full user rights?

Watch Win 8.1 TechEd video.
  • Use Intel vPro for remote control.
  • Boot from a Win8.1 Install DVD to hack repair a system by replacing \Windows\System32\sethc.exe.
  • Use robocopy to copy system files that Windows won't even allow an Admin account user to copy due to ACL problems (time @0:41:0)
  • Use Sysinternals psexes -sid cmd.exe to get full access rights (@0:42:0)
  • Debug problems by looking at threads not processes using Sysinternals Process Explorer (procexp)  (@0:45:0)
  • Use TAKEOWN.exe or robocopy /B to access 'difficult' files (@0:54:0)
  • Use iCacls /SetIntegrityLevel
  • Check your admin level using whoami /groups (@0:55:30)
  • Info on using Windows RE (recovery environment) (@1:0:0)
  • How to use MSconfig.exe,  Sysinternals Autoruns.exe, 
  • Turn on highly detailed error messages (@1:06:00)
  • Logon without logging on! (@1:08:0)
There is also a Windows 10 Black Belt session.